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What you end up seeing when you look at history is that people who have been good at pushing the boundaries of possibility, and exploring…
The problem is, there are definitely some genuinely lame things on television, and there’s more at the bottom of the barrel, because the barrel in…
Most of the time, criticism that takes pop culture seriously involves performing some kind of symbolic analysis, decoding the work to demonstrate the way it…
I love those stretches where I’ve just been a writer – when I haven’t been doing Internet start-ups – where I pretty much eliminate meetings…
I have problems with the violence and the torture on ’24.’ What I’m trying to say is that that’s not the only story, and I…
For decades, we’ve worked under the assumption that mass culture follows a steadily declining path toward lowest-common-denominator standards, presumably because the ‘masses’ want dumb, simple…
Every childhood has its talismans, the sacred objects that look innocuous enough to the outside world, but that trigger an onslaught of vivid memories when…
I suspect millions of people from my generation probably have comparable stories to tell: if not of sports simulations then of Dungeons & Dragons, or…
Calculus, the electrical battery, the telephone, the steam engine, the radio – all these groundbreaking innovations were hit upon by multiple inventors working in parallel…
What’s encouraging is that the early new platforms – Kindle and iPad – are clearly leading to people buying more books. The data is in…
When it’s a sharing and improvisational meeting, where you’re riffing off other people’s ideas, that actually can be productive.
What I’m saying is individuals have better ideas if they’re connected to rich, diverse networks of other individuals. If you put yourself in an environment…
As much as we sometimes roll our eyes at the ivory-tower isolation of universities, they continue to serve as remarkable engines of innovation.
In a peer network, no one is officially in charge. It doesn’t have a command hierarchy. It doesn’t have a boss. So, all the decisions…
We are strangely biased, as individuals and media institutions, to focus on big sudden changes, whether good or bad – amazing breakthroughs, such as a…
If you look at where innovation – defined as ideas, not as commercial product – tends to live, the university system is remarkably innovative.
If we didn’t have genetic mutations, we wouldn’t have us. You need error to open the door to the adjacent possible.
Organizations that empower folks further down the chain or try to get rid of the big hierarchal chains and allow decision making to happen on…
If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.
It is extraordinary how safe flying has become. You are now statistically more likely to be elected president of the United States in your lifetime…
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